Its our turn for an Alaska ride report. Weve somehow managed to cobble together over 2 months of free time to ride around this summer, and dont have to go back to work until mid-September. Riding to Alaska is on the bucket list of many an adventure motorcyclist (I use that term loosely), and its a ride weve dreamed of doing for a while now. So, Carpe Diem. Life is short. If not now, when? After months of uncertainty about our work schedule, I think were going to be able to leave in just a few days. It still hasnt sunk in. I mean, this is what weve been trying to do, but the reality hasnt hit that we might actually get to do it. (Im starting this a bit late here in ADV, we actually left on 6/28). About us: In short, we are two engineers living in NC with a bit of motorcycle problem. Were not new to multi-week moto travel (check out ye old blog if youre interested), but Alaska is new for both of us. This is a dream vacation. Were, or at least Im, not in this to be some sort of hard-core adventurer. Hopefully, at the end of this trip, well have ridden to some amazing places, met interesting people, enjoyed delicious food, and found just the right amount of adventure along the way, returning 15000 mi later with cool stories and nothing worse than worn out bikes. About the motos: My better half is riding his 2010 Ducati Multistrada. Unlike your stereotypical Ducati owner, his bike is almost never washed, and there is a box in the garage full of parts that have been deemed useless and too heavy, and thus removed from the bike. My bike is a 2013 Husqvarna TR650 Strada. The year is pointless to state, because it was only made in 2013, and then BMW sold Husky to KTM. I love the idea of this bike. Its a nearly perfect adventure bike (mostly road going, which is how I like it) for a vertically challenged person like me (in its lowered condition). I like it far better than the BMWG650GS is shares a motor with (my bike gets 10 more hp, lighter weight, and better suspension, thanks). So, it gets an A for concept, but a C for execution. It has a few problems. I hope most are addressed, and Im not too worried about long term reliability. Theres a giant thread here on ADV for this bike (well, its more popular Terra variant). In short, while I generally like BMW bikes, this picture that I stole from that thread sums up what happened to the TR650: Trip prep has been a project the last few months. Lots of research about what to see, and estimating time and distances. Were getting pretty experienced at this moto touring thing, but were also always looking for improvements. I chickened out long ago on taking the Monster to Alaska, but the TR650 needed some mods to be touring ready. Setting up my bike is a project that could use its own post, which maybe Ill get around to. Suffice it to say, there have been plenty of moto related shenanigans. This schedule for this trip reflects what weve learned from previous trips, which is that we dont like having a schedule. Ive made no reservations, and we dont have to be any place at any time. There are a zillion things on the list wed like to see, and well decide among them as we feel like it. Generally, well bias against spending time getting to and from Alaska, and bias more towards exploring in Alaska. That said, its 4500 mi from NC to Fairbanks, so it will likely take some time just to get there. I post in ride reports for the first time with some trepidation. Im not much of a writer or photographer, and what are ride reports if not story-telling and/or pictures? Plus, there are approximately elevnty-billion Alaska ride reports on this site already, ours will only be unique and different to us. However, I really like reading the other ride reports, so maybe someone will enjoy ours. Plus, we discovered we like having a record of our adventures, which I already keep the personal blog, so its not that much of a step to start cross posting here as well. Despite the late start, I intend to post here semi-live, as I go along. I say semi-live, because documenting the report always takes a back seat to actually living the adventure. Thus, the report is usually a bit behind wherever we are. I post when I feel like it dammit. You get what you pay for.